Orchestra Will Perform Final Concert of the Season Featuring University Choir, Choral Union

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The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra concludes its 2006-2007 season on May 1 with a concert entitled “Inspirations from England.”

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 16, 2007 — The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra concludes its 2006-2007 season on May 1 with a concert entitled “Inspirations from England.” 

The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Academic Auditorium.

Two masterworks will be featured: the “Symphony #5” by Ralph Vaughan Williams and the “Dettingen Te Deum” of Handel.  For the latter piece, the Southeast Symphony will be joined by the combined forces of the University Choir and Choral Union. 

Vaughan Williams has long been recognized as one of the masters of the symphony during the 20th century, and his “Fifth Symphony,” composed during World War II, is perhaps his finest — full of emotion, stirring and life-affirming. 

What Vaughan Williams was to the symphony in the last century, Handel was to choral music in the 18th century.  The Te Deum dates from the same period as “Messiah” and was composed to commemorate a British victory in the War of the Austrian Succession.  Jubilant and celebratory, this choral gem will serve as a fitting and rousing conclusion to the season.

The Southeast Symphony will be led by guest conductor Paul Thompson in the Vaughan Williams piece and Steven Hendricks in the Handel piece.

Preferred and non-preferred tickets are available through the Performing Arts Box Office, which may be reached by calling (573) 651-2265 or by stopping in the lobby of the Rose Theatre.  Senior and student discounts are available in advance only.  Patrons are also encouraged to get their tickets early to ensure the best choice of seats.